Salary Guide: Network and Computer Systems Administrators

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Network and Computer Systems Administrators install and monitor local and wide area networks. Administrators also ensure Internet and network capabilities and security. This excludes Information Security Analysts and Computer Specialists. Nationwide there are over 333,000 Network and Computer Systems Administrators who earn an average salary of $72,200.

Certification programs vary but are typically offered by vendors, computer associations, and other institutions.

Network and Computer Systems Administrator positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, although some positions accept an associate degree or professional certification. Work experience and computer knowledge are always a must. Certification programs vary but are typically offered by vendors, computer associations, and other institutions.

Learn more about Network and Computer Systems Administrator programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $65,040
Alaska: $70,710
Arizona: $68,360
Arkansas: $61,140
California: $80,300
Colorado: $77,740
Connecticut: $75,300
Delaware: $68,650
District of Columbia: $81,500
Florida: $72,050
Georgia: $72,630
Hawaii: $66,000
Idaho: $59,760
Illinois: $74,340
Indiana: $60,800
Iowa: $63,160
Kansas: $61,040
Kentucky: $53,440
Louisiana: $59,850
Maine: $58,910
Maryland: $80,400
Massachusetts: $80,280
Michigan: $68,350
Minnesota: $69,510
Mississippi: $52,330
Missouri: $67,720
Montana: $52,760
Nebraska: $65,600
Nevada: $69,830
New Hampshire: $67,790
New Jersey: $80,270
New Mexico: $70,310
New York: $79,770
North Carolina: $71,250
North Dakota: $55,780
Ohio: $62,810
Oklahoma: $54,290
Oregon: $68,420
Pennsylvania: $74,720
Rhode Island: $74,370
South Carolina: $64,530
South Dakota: $54,160
Tennessee: $62,870
Texas: $69,300
Utah: $67,380
Vermont: $62,670
Virginia: $81,180
Washington: $70,730
West Virginia: $60,070
Wisconsin: $61,670
Wyoming: $55,570

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $86,990
2. Los Angeles: $74,960
3. Chicago: $77,590
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $74,350
5. Philadelphia: $84,490
6. Houston: $72,970
7. Washington DC: $84,770
8. Miami: $75,670
9. Atlanta: $76,450
10. Boston: $82,090
11. San Francisco: $87,850
12. Detroit: $71,960
13. Riverside: $69,790
14. Phoenix: $71,350
15. Seattle: $75,520
16. Minneapolis: $72,290
17. San Diego: $76,460
18. St. Louis: $71,150
19. Tampa: $71,520
20. Baltimore: $80,670

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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